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bad it is. the arab spring brought corruption and theft of u.s. aid to light in libya and egypt but africa is rife with stories of theft and dictator spoils. nugaema is the son of he can early to new guinea's dictator. he recently ran afoul of french customs who discovered that his chartered chet had 26 supercars on it -- jet had 26 supercars on it including five ferraris, five bentley five rolls royces, and two bughattis. is anybody besides me mad that we're sending foreign aid to african dictators whose sons are importing rolls royces, bentleys ferraris and benghattis to africa and countries who have no electricity? i don't care if you're the biggest humanitarian in the world and you want to help people -- it's not going to the people. the foreign aid is stolen by the leadership of these countries and this isn't one example, this is example after example decade after decade. and the learning curve around here is so slow that we will get 10 maybe 20 senators to place any restrictions on foreign aid. 70% of the people living in africa live under the poverty threshold -- $2 a day
programs. i don't think a solution would involve the u.s. going libya and training people on the ground. that would be too politically sensitive. jordan was an option. there were plenty of different countries that could offer this in that regard. sorry. yes, one more point. ironically given everything we have discuss there had is a sensitivity within the international community of making the army too strong. i know, that sounds weird given everything we've been talking about. we're talking about a country where there has been no military or defense or no civilian oversight. and the chief of staff is doing an excellent job at the moment in terms of asserting authority given the limitation of the army. but at the same time there's no effective civilian way for that the. very quickly the issue of military. that's the biggest problem. we have people who have no experience. and the affairs they are assigned to. with the min stir of defense it has beened because he is [inaudible] he became a defense minister. you have the military itself. is the middle of the bureaucrats who don
for susan rice, helped to rally support for action in libya where the u.s. helped topple regimes and threatened to commit large-scale killing. she went the other direction at area with president upon the persistent calls for intervention there is thousands die in the fight against the government of president bashar al-assad. >> guest: one comments an election year for president said they would not be genetic action until a new administration comes in, either romney or barack obama in the second term. secondly, the administration has been certainly cautious about a sort of intervention, military intervention in syria. libya and syria are apples and oranges that they are quite different. libya was isolated regionally and internationally in a way that syria is not. it has the support of her rant, support russia as well as other countries that complicate the regional level and international level. finally, there've been calls to record the safe havens. i'm not a military expert, but everyone i console say that requires a no-fly zone. syria has mr. advanced and sophisticated system pr
. as wall pause to think of the families of the four americans who were lost just this week in libya and keep their families and our prayers and thoughts, it is significant that we come here today and dedication, every piece of them permission we can find that will determine how better to keep the americans that serve us so well safe as they try to keep us safe. with that, mr. chairman, i think you for holding today's hearing. three years ago on november november 5th 2009 the nation was shocked by the mass shooting that occurred at the army deployment center located at fort hood, texas. during the shooting 30 lives were lost to of 43 individuals were wounded. the lives of so many others were forever changed. it later became evident that the warning signs existed well before the tragedy and should have, at a minimum, in further investigated. but the fbi and the department of defense had knowledge of the potential as a threat, and security. the actions leading up to the massacre should have been unequivocably cost far greater concern on the part of officials, yet doubts were not connec
recently in libya and other countries and that's happening in every end, there's a lot of trouble throughout the world and we need to make sure whatever we do, that were involved in the process. but the president comes to congress, lays out what the grammar case. we have a full understanding a survivor to win and make sure we go forward into a together to unify this country because were in trouble. a lot of things happening overseas that are unsettling right now. i know i'm running out of time. >> criteria for military intervention in afghanistan. >> thank you, john. this is a question personal for me. all through my rather served in the military. my oldest brother was career military, 288 combat missions in vietnam. i know what families do when someone is deployed overseas. it's really tough on everyone. our military is just amazing. very strong, resourceful, get anything done we asked them to do. but that means we have to be careful when we asked them. we estimate interests are anywhere around the globe, when we see direct threats, when we have a plan -- not only a plan to invad
. today's hearing is our first since the attack in libya that claimed the lives of four americans, including ambassador chris stevens. the events in benghazi and ongoing threats to our embassies remind us that with dangers and difficulties of performing diplomatic missions, it is almost impossible to be an effective american diplomat without exposing oneself to risk . in some countries risks can be intense, yet exceptional americans like ambassador stevens continue to volunteer for these assignments. we are grateful that you continue to volunteer, sir. his life and work resonate especially with our committee, not merely because he was a talented diplomat, but because he was one of us. on many occasions during his time in 2006 and it as a seven he sat directly behind where i am sitting now. hearings on lebanon, iraq, and other millie's topics. exactly six years ago today he helped staffing hearing. after departing the kennedy he stayed in close touch with friends here, as he did at every stage in his career. we will miss our friend dearly. our thoughts gun to his family. although t
that in the future but even though libya was the tryout and has not been a repeat performance and they could decide the wars in their favor we would seek progress by now that would have been ushered dan but that has not happened. as much as they are the important tool, rightly so it is not always a silver bullet. >> what we have today is only useful in the bill with no air defense where we already own the aerospace. they cannot operate in the denied environment with surface-to-air missiles to shoot them down. if we maintain this advantage 1/2 to increasingly shift technology and communication link has to be protected. >> that is an example of a big topic of defense for the next four or eight years to have these debates how far to go now much to invest and then questions of the law and what happens? you will not hear them talk about but arguably everyone applies to cyber how much can a president utilize? in terms of the executive branch. which agency is involved? that is what the commander in chief will deal with the we and not talking about because we have straight budget issues. >> thank you for t
we would get to the bottom of what happened in libya and pursue the assassins and bring them to justice. it is a murky situation. it is important to get the fax before you decide to jump to conclusions. that the republican presidential candidate tried to exploit. >> the important saying is to get the facts. the president has been abundantly clear we will track down the killers to bring them to justice. >> [inaudible] >> the house passed a a bill is just an excuse for the american people when the taxes go up for these different programs for the national defence and medicare providers. to say i am not responsible this not satisfy anybody it does not solve the problem. the democrats can stop the republicans. 1/2 to work together recant of less we're here working. why do we have to wait to until the election to do the people's work? to many years suffering asking when will congress act like congress to pass legislation to resolve the issues that need to be resolved? >> the republicans claim to be in favor of middle-class tax relief the president has called on them to do that. wha
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